Dear Holy Rosary Families and Friends,
Though the week was wet and soggy, the academic accomplishments of the week shone bright!
I am so delighted to announce that senior, Michael Tappel, has been selected as a National Merit Scholar semi-finalist for his fine performance on the PSAT exam in his junior year. He is one of 16,000 in the nation to be selected; he sits in the top 1% in the nation. Michael has the opportunity to continue in the competition as a finalist and compete for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than 32 million dollars that will be offered next spring. We wish you well, Michael. Well done!
Every two years, Holy Rosary Academy High School applies to the Catholic High School Honor Roll for the chance to be recognized as a “top 50 Catholic High School.” This is an award we had won from 2004-2009, the longest continual accomplishment in the history of the program. This year we were precluded from competing for the “Academic” portion of the competition as our high school is smaller than the cutoff. Nevertheless, it is my profound pleasure to announce that we were named CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL HONOR ROLL RECOGNIZED SCHOOL and given Honorable Mention status. The director of the program wrote me personally to tell me that our school placed in the TOP 15 CATHOLIC SCHOOLS IN THE NATION FOR CATHOLIC IDENTITY AND THE TOP 50 FOR CIVIC EDUCATION. The school truly received the highest award she could based on our modest high school size. I am so very proud of the students, faculty, staff, and Board for running such an exceptional school. Though we are small, we are recognized throughout the nation as one of the top Catholic schools. I have received congratulations from fans of the school throughout the nation and the world! BRAVO to HRA. Thank you to those who see the school’s merit and give so selflessly for her continued success.
Our wonderful soccer team enjoyed a great victory this week as well. Congratulations to Sarah Lucas who scored her first goal of the year and to the unstoppable, Lee Cookson, for scoring the other four goals. The Knights defeated Birchwood 5-2. Keep it up team! All are welcome to join us next weekend for the Kenai tournament!
I enjoyed an historic meeting this week at the Archdiocese. All five Catholic principals (SEAS, Lumen Christi, HRA, Our Lady of the Valley, and St. Mary’s in Kodiak) met for a meeting on Catholic schools and how we can continue to build them up here in Alaska. It was such a treat to be among my Catholic school colleagues, the Archbishop, Fr. Moore, and the new Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Mr. Les Kramer for an event that has never happened in this town before! Thank you, Archbishop, for your support of Catholic schools!
I want to issue special thanks to the many teachers and volunteers who have helped me fill in while the Shauts have been recovering. Next week we bid a fond farewell to Mrs. LouAnn Verbout who has graciously taught the kindergartners for the last five weeks. You have been a ray of sunshine and a true maternal force in the lives of the little ones. You will be missed though I have already convinced you to be back to substitute. So it is “see you later” and not “goodbye.” Similarly, Mr. Shaut will be transitioning into his fifth grade class as Mrs. Lisa Williams bows out. Mr. Shaut will be taking the mornings and Mrs. Williams will continue on in the afternoons as he regains his strength. He returns with a robust bill of health from his doctor and our great relief and gratitude for his safety through this health scare. Mrs. Williams has graciously agreed to remain tops on our substitute list and stands at the ready to help. Bless you both for all you have done.
I would be delinquent to leave out Mrs. Kathy Tappel and Mrs. Allison Linear for stepping in to help in kindergarten as well. Thank you to sixth grade teacher, Selene Viens, and Mrs. Ana Williams for doing the After School Care Program. The second grade thanks, Mr. and Mrs. Jason Fouch for the many recesses and classroom help they offer. We love to see Mrs. Wilson, Mrs Zipay, and Mrs. Garcia who often visit as well! All parents are so welcome to come in and out of our wonderful classes! We relish your love and support.
Senior, Reagan Biegel, and his many helpers have begun an Eagle Scout project to beautify the school. Reagan is heightening the fences to make the K-2 playground more protected. He has also painted the side exterior walls of St. Dominic’s and re-purposed the front fence with stronger slats of wood. I am so very grateful for his hard work and assistance as we continue to improve the school exterior. Thank you to all the boys and girls who helped with school clean-up for community service this Friday. Your cheerfulness edified me and made the chores so much more fun. Finally, thanks go to teacher, Mr. Austin Welsh, for setting up our refurbished and rearranged computer lab complete with fifteen desktop computers complements of our generous benefactor, Mr. Trueblood.
IMPORTANT EVENTS FOR NEXT WEEK:
– LifeTouch pictures are on Tuesday. Please order online or send in your order with your child.
– Waivers for Alaska Club for P.E. must be signed and sent in by Monday.
– Mid-quarter reports were sent out last Wednesday. Signed forms were due last Friday. Be sure to sign the forms.
– Miss Verreux is gone to a funeral. Mr and Mrs. Koop and Mrs. Roberta Zipay will be subbing. Thank you!
– The junior high school and high school have a tournament in Kenai on Thursday and Friday. Homework will be limited so that they can put their all into the game. Go Knights!
Have a wonderful weekend. Stay dry.
Miss Catherine Neumayr, Principal